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RVBoone

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05-04-2016 05:09 PM

Been doing Army awards mainly out of oak since I started in 2009. But recently tried out stacked plywood and love the unique grain in it. People I am showing in the Army can’t get enough of it and been placing orders for what they want.

I attached photos of two of the projects I have recently done. With the bottom piece it runs vertical and the top piece is ran horizontal. I find this gives best contrast. If any of you are interested in more I can share my process and what I have learned that works best. Also any feed back would be nice to maybe make my process better too.


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#1 posted 05-04-2016 07:03 PM

That is AWESOME!!!!!

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#2 posted 05-04-2016 07:19 PM

Those look great. Can you share a few details about how you cut them out? Was it CNC or a scroll saw?

btw: welcome to the forum.

-- Steve

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#3 posted 05-05-2016 11:26 AM

Steve cutting them out for the shape stack the top and bottom together and cut the same time with a jig saw with a long blade. When that is done the bottom vertical piece is done with. For the top horizontal piece I switch out the blade on jig saw and cut the inside of the patches and cut out main body of dragon and sword with lightning bolts and inside of tabs all with a jig saw. The lettering and the smaller separate pieces on the dragon I used a scroll saw. When cutting the top horizontal piece can get fragile.

This weekend I already have another Special Forces patch and tabs stenciled on wood done up so going to work on that. But after that I have an 187th crest to do up. With the 187th crest I will take pictures of step by step start to finish of the process.

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#4 posted 05-05-2016 12:08 PM

Those look great. I have found that doing things for military can keep you busy. I did a few pieces for a local Viet Nam vet and now I am backlogged with pieces to be done. I am supposed to be retired but seem to be busier than ever.

-- Kepy

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#5 posted 05-05-2016 01:14 PM

Yes they can. Military people love momentous of what they have done. Funny thing is I have made hundreds plaques and I don’t have any. I never did like them. Just don’t like clutter. I don’t advertise at all, just word of mouth and I am back logged. I have people from other bases calling me to do stuff. They all want the stacked plywood stuff too. I don’t get people to need stuff right off and they understand that I am still in the Army and have a family so they know I will get to it when I can. Also anytime the wife wants anything made she gets pushed right to front. Happy wife, happy life.

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#6 posted 05-05-2016 02:02 PM

Fanstastic work! did you do the templates in Sketchup?

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#7 posted 05-05-2016 02:51 PM

No I use Microsoft Power Point. Just copy past. I can format slide on Power Point to 8×11 and drag item as big as I need. In page brakes I put in a thin red line to mark as edge to cut along and match up and tape together. Templates only take a few minutes to make. I get the crest from The Institute of Heraldry military site. I find that pulling from there is better because you find so many different twists on crest and patches and The Institute of Heraldry is what the official one is. I have pointed that out to Army people and they didn’t even know.

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#8 posted 05-05-2016 02:58 PM

The size for the XVIII Corps patch and Ranger Tab ( dragon) is 25” tall and 15” wide, Special Forces is about the same. I don’t really make them any bigger because when people change duty stations gets harder to move bigger things.

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#9 posted 05-05-2016 03:01 PM

Thats cool. My Son is stationed at Ft Stewart and is EOD. He’s asked me to take his bomb helmet and make a display case for that and all his coins. Working on solutions.

He’s more man than I could hope to be.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#10 posted 05-05-2016 03:15 PM

Wow that would be pretty cool. Couldn’t even imagine working out a plan for that, very confusing good luck on that. That is one thing I am going to do when I retire is build me a nice coin rack. Don’t want to do it till I am retired because keep getting more. So when I am out will build one to my exact needs.

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